Microsoft Office 365 Available as Add-On for EAS and EA Customers 

The Office 365 add-on sales model is now an ongoing purchasing option allowing any EA customer to leverage their existing CAL Suite and Office Professional Plus licenses as a starting point to get great pricing on Office 365. With this add-on, your underlying EA does not change and you continue to license your users and devices like you always have, and receive all corresponding SA benefits.

Beginning January 1, 2014, Microsoft EAS customers who subscribe to qualifying CAL licenses will also be eligible to add-on a number of different Office 365 services. Qualifying EAS customers can add-on all SKUs currently offered to EA customers including E1, E3, and E4, among many other standalone suite options.​

Multi-Factor Authentication Now Available for Office 365

Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a hosted service with a range of exciting capabilities which can be used to secure access to both cloud (Office 365) and on-premise resources. In addition to standard authentication through a user’s account credentials, customers can now add an extra layer of security by authenticating their users via a mobile app or by responding to an automated text message or phone call before access is granted. 

Office 365 is Now Available Under Open License Program

On September 1, Microsoft made Office 365 enterprise options available under the Open License program including Exchange Online Plan 1, Enterprise Plans E1 & E3, as well as Exchange Online Protection and Office ProPlus. Adding these options brings small and midsize organizations enterprise value and flexibility to meet your advanced IT needs. What are the key differences between plans and which is the right plan for your organization?   

Office 365 Business Benefits

Office 365 gives “anywhere/anytime” access to email, documents, contact information and calendars on almost any device. Moving all or some of your applications to the cloud can save your organization time and money as well as free up valuable resources to work on other IT projects you haven’t been able to schedule. Benefits include: 

  • Eliminating time and effort spent managing email and collaboration services
  • Cost savings associated with hardware overhead, electricity, and software deployment
  • Enhanced security with 128-bit encryption
  • 99.9% scheduled uptime with financially backed service-level agreements (SLAs)

Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop applications with the next generation of Microsoft’s communications and collaboration services:  Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.


ProPlus includes all Office applications and experiences you’re familiar with and expect. It’s a user-based subscription service and installed on desktops, laptops, or mobile devices. Get the latest Office productivity and collaboration tools with upgrades.


Web Apps are touch-friendly web applications allowing you to create, edit, and share your Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote files from any browser. You can share with others and work on documents simultaneously while you’re on the go.


You can work smarter from anywhere with hosted email for business, calendar, and contacts on your PC, phone, and web browser. Run email on Microsoft globally redundant servers. Stay protected by anti-malware/anti-spam filters and 24/7 IT-level phone support.


Designed to work with Office applications, SharePoint Online gives you a central place to share documents and information with colleagues and customers so you can work together in real-time from virtually anywhere.


Transform interactions with colleagues, customers, and partners to a more collaborative, engaging, and effective experience. It also helps IT administrators stay in control of end-user permissions and policies while reducing infrastructure costs. 

How to License Office 365

​​Office 365 Small Business Premium ​1-10 Employees/Seats
​​​Big business power with easy IT—get the latest version of Office plus business-class email, a public website, web conferencing, and document sharing—all easy to manage without IT expertise.
Office 365 Midsize Business ​10-250 Employees/Seats
​Effective management, compliance, and team collaboration—give your associates virtually anywhere access to the latest Office applications, cloud-based IT services like enterprise-grade email and team sites, and powerful management and compliance tools.
Office 365 Enterprise (E3) ​250+ Employees/Seats
​​Advanced tools and capabilities–get the power your organization requires: virtually anywhere access to the latest Office applications, enterprise-grade cloud services like team sites and hosted voicemail, and advanced IT capabilities.

Contact a software licensing expert today!